Star Profile: Kristen Wiig

Mimi ON Jun 14, 2011 AT 12:44 pm

Kristen Wiig

Kristen Wiig was born on August 22, 1973 in Canadaigua, New York. Her family moved between Pennsylvania and New York while she was growing up, but Kristen graduated from Brighton High School. After, she majored in art at the University of Arizona, where she took an acting class. She eventually dropped out of college and moved to Los Angeles to pursue acting more seriously. Kristen became a member of The Groundlings comedy troupe and worked odd jobs, including graphic design.

After she made a few small appearances on television and comedy theatres, in 2005 she joined the cast of Saturday Night Live. She became a full-time member in 2006, performing regular sketches impersonating Nancy Pelosi and Suze Orman and also many popular characters.

Kristen Wiig in Bridesmaids

Kristen Wiig in Bridesmaids

In 2007, Kristen starred in her first movie as an assistant in Judd Apatow’s ‘Knocked Up’. After the movie’s success, she appeared in ‘Walk Hard’ with John C. Reilly, ‘Ghost Town’ with Ricky Gervais, ‘Adventureland’, and Drew Barrymore’s directorial debut ‘Whip It’. In 2009 and 2010 Kristen was nominated for Emmy awards for her work on Saturday Night Live.

Later in 2010, Kristen appeared in the highly successful ‘Despicable Me’ and ‘MacGruber’ with fellow SNL cast-mate Will Forte. She co-wrote and starred in Judd Apatow’s film ‘Bridesmaids’ in 2011, for which she got rave reviews by critics… although we’re not sure it quite stands up the the herald that it’s the female version of the Hangover!

Kristen is currently living in Manhattan with her boyfriend, actor/filmmaker Brian Petsos.

 

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